DNC celebs hand out reviews on Charlotte

DNC celebs hand out reviews on Charlotte


by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 11:46 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- By now you've heard that Charlotte had a few famous visitors in town for the Democratic National Convention.  But you may not know how they reacted to our city and their plans for coming back.

From Naomi Judd, to daughter Ashley, even MC Hammer said we were too legit to quit.  The Queen City sparkled under the spotlight.

“I’m enjoying it, the city has really rolled out the red carpet and everything is fantastic so I’m having a good time,” the singer sadid.

“We’re feeling great.  People have been very friendly,” Jon Stewart noted.

'Entourage’ cutie Adrien Grenier said, “So far, so great. Southern hospitality? It’s been beautiful, the rain has even been beautiful.”

“This city is so vibrant and so alive. I actually took a bicycle taxi last night through the town down where MSNBC, CNN were. It's beautiful, it's vibrant and I am so excited to be here," said actress Lynn Whitfield. 

Olympic gold medalist Aly Reisman weighed in with her thoughts, too.

"Love it here.  Everyone’s really nice and really kind,” Reisman said.

Shannon Kee is part of a team of stylists at Charlotte's Modern salon that helped the famous faces get red carpet ready--from Eva Longoria to Chelsea Clinton and Arianna Huffington.

“I believe they loved our city.  A lot of times people are surprised by Charlotte, how hospitable we are, not so small.  It’s actually a city,” Kee said.

Some of the celebs admitted they've actually been to Charlotte before.

“I came here, I made a movie many years ago and I love the people of Charlotte.  They are so welcoming and kind and it's a beautiful city,” said Patricia Arquette.

Naomi Judd added, “Dr. Maya Angelou is my self-proclaimed Godmother so I go to see her in Winston-Salem and my husband is from North Carolina, so I’m in Charlotte quite a bit.”
Several promised we'd see them again.

“It's a beautiful city and the hospitality has been exquisite and something I've noticed and appreciated is folks—whether they're Republicans, Democrats—(they) are showing really classic southern hospitality,” Ashley Judd said.

TV host and ‘E!’ correspondent Ross Matthews said, “Good food, great people, a great way to celebrate.  You guys have a nice little city, I like it here a lot.”

We like it, too.